ANA, airports in Portugal, were distinguished by the Airports Council International (ACI).
The Francisco Sá Carneiro airport was named the third best in Europe in 2009. It earned the same distinction in 2006 and 2008. In 2007,the same organization classified it as the best airport infrastructure for up to five million passengers. It should be noted that in 2009, 4.5 millionpassengers flew through Porto, 2 million in low-cost airlines.
Also the island airports were awarded. The John Paul II, in Ponta Delgada, was recorded the largest rise in indicators of Quality of Service between 2008 and 2009 at European level. Funchal, was ranked ninth in the category 'Airports Service Quality-Survey'.
The Beja airport is still awaiting approval and discussion of their gains in the public square. Recently, it was ruled out to cover air freight. Initially, the only valence may be the maintenance of aircraft. "The success of the business of cargo and passengers will depend on the market and is in the hands of entrepreneurs in the region," said Jorge Alvarez of ANA, at a recent question and answer session with farmers in the Alentejo. At the same time, the president of the Confederation of Portuguese Industry, Antonio Saraiva, adopted the reasoning in opposition, " an infrastructure should in response to a need, and not build awaiting to create the need.
Recently, the Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communications, António Mendonça, said that the ANA will be privatized in less than 50%. However, no guarantee that the operation is to be carried out in 2010.
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